Try Something You Are Not Very Good At

It is therapeutic to do something that you struggle at. I gave it a go tonight at the Bolton Sunset Canoe & Kayak Race, but I’m lousy at paddling. I just can’t get the technique right and I end up going so slow. That’s fine. It is great to get out there and see others excel at something so foreign to me. Kayaking is fun for me because it is different and there is no pressure to perform well. I just do it. Running and cycling demand so much of the legs, that it feels weird to use the upper body to propel yourself forward.

It was also neat to see how committed canoers and kayakers are to their sport. They are equally as passionate as my cycling and running friends. They have their own association in New England. It is called NECKRA. I was an outsider at the event tonight, and that was kind of cool. I was using it as training for next month’s The Great Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon. I rode to the race and ran home. The sunset was nice!

Incidentally, Josh Billings was the pseudonym of Henry Wheeler Shaw, the 19th century writer and lecturer. He must have been a funny guy. He was known for having some really good quotes. I particularly like this one, “Don’t take the bull by the horns, take him by the tail; then you can let go when you want to. “

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